Posts in category "Chicago History"

Mariano’s Market and Chicago Politics

I attended a meeting yesterday at the CHA offices. The heads-up went out by email from several quarters of the community late in the afternoon prior to the meeting. The topic that drew so many of us to 60 East Van Buren was the proposed Mariano’s Market on the old Ida B. Wells housing site... Read more »

And They’re Off.. The Race to the Obama Library

In case you missed the announcement, The Barack Obama Foundation has released the request for qualifications to build the library memorializing our first black president. Competition is fierce. Hawaii is claiming their native son.  Sorry dunkoffs, Kenya is not under consideration.  Colombia University in New York would like to snag the bid to honor one... Read more »

What do you call Eataly in African Diaspora?

What do you call Eataly in African Diaspora?
Mario Batali, chef extraordinaire and entrepreneur is opening Eataly, a mega grocery, restaurant extravaganza dubbed an Italian Food Theme Park in the Chicago River North area.  I have long been a fan of Batali and a few other celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and of course Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse who hail from N’Awlins... Read more »
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Obama Library a Hot Pot on the Stove in Chicago

There is so much brewing in Bronzeville that I don’t know where to start.  It’s no secret to most south siders that Bronzeville is prime property.  Bronzeville is in an untenable position between the south loop and Hyde Park, close to the lake, a scant few blocks from McCormick Place on the north.  Bronzeville is... Read more »

Young, Gifted, Black Hansberry Legacy is Off Grid

Young, Gifted, Black Hansberry Legacy is Off Grid
 “I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and–I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations... Read more »

Revisionist History and Chicago State University

Revisionist History and Chicago State University
The email subject line was “seriously??????” It came from a reputable source so I opened it.  My day was shot before I could even drink my first cup of coffee.  The email referred to yet another reason for me to blog about Chicago State University and the aquaponics project.  This time it wasn’t going to... Read more »
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Letter to Mayor Emmanuel re: Rosenwald Redevelopment

Just this week I received an email from another Bronzeville neighbor about the Rosenwald.  This email included a link to a letter sent by a group called Rosenwald4All, clever name.  I’m pretty passionate about my neighborhood and the Rosenwald, so I had to read the entire 10 page document.  I hope Mayor Emmanuel read it... Read more »

War in Bronzeville

War in Bronzeville
If Prologue, Inc. gets its wish a plot of land in Bronzeville will personify the concept of rebirth after a long history of incarceration and death.  Prologue, Inc., of which Dr. Nancy Jackson is the Executive Director, purchased the iconic south side funeral home, Griffin located at 3232 South King Drive.  This acquisition started a... Read more »

G8:GREAT

G8:GREAT
If you say the letter “G” with the letter “R”, plus the number “8” together you get ‘GREAT”.  I’m not so sure Chicago is  going to be a GR8 place to be during G8 (G-R+8 =G8) NATO conferences in May of this year.  In fact Chicago may be “Gr8ing” on the nerves. The possibility of becoming a... Read more »
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Chicago Segregated: What a Way to Start Black History Month

First thing this morning, before I had a chance to down the first cup of coffee, I heard that Chicago is the most segregated city in the country.  Aw come on, it’s the first day of black history month. Let’s accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Of course my attitude was and is no sh-t... Read more »